year is 2065 A.D., and from all over the world, the most talented and dangerous
warriors gather in Mexico in order to test their skills in the most grand
expression of "El Lucha Libre(Mexican wrestling);" the Chaak.
the premise of this action-packed series from Dark Horse comics. Unfortunately,
action, and lots of it, is all Battlegods has going for it.
is written by Francisco Ruiz Velasco, who obviously possesses a passion for
ancient Mayan culture and Mexican wrestling, as they appear to be his sole
inspiration for this series. His influences are not the problem, however. The
problem is characterization; there is too much, and none of it is done very
issue one, Velasco stuffs and crams characters into his story, depending mostly
on "fighter profiles" in the back of the books to inform the reader on
their various pasts and significance. Perhaps if these numerous, brand-new
characters were struggling to overcome some profound evil, or there was some
serious personal development being witnessed through internal struggles, their
proliferation would be much more tolerable. But, no, they are simply on their
way to compete in a glorified wrestling match, albeit one in which various
weapons, and even magic, are not against the rules.
also handles the art chores, and many of his character designs are quite
striking. His style, however, though replete with clean lines and nice use of
textures, lends nothing new to the already-overused Manga style.
the most important, and lacking, quality in comics today is good
characterization. The number of characters in Battlegods should be trimmed down,
or special emphasis placed on a precious few. Since it is a limited series,
however, this is not likely to happen. Action will continue to be the main draw,
until the book ends, not with a shout, but with a barely-audible whisper.
can be obtained through comic shops, or by logging on to www.darkhorse.com.
by Mark Allen
is published by Dark Horse Comics, 32 pages in length, and priced at $2.95.
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